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this morning, time to get in line. >> frustration mounting across the storm zone because of lines, people in cars and on foot, desperate for gasoline. others waiting hours for just a ride to work. the cleanup in some areas could soon be interrupted as another storm is shaping up to make an election week mess. the president, picking up a high-profile endorsement as he and mitt romney sprint to the finish. just four days left. and a good luck story. the lottery winner who finally found her ticket worth millions, with little time to spare. good friday morning. i'm sunny hostin, in for paula faris. >> and i'm rob nelson. we begin this friday with some powerful images, all from sandy's aftermath.
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first up, people waiting hours for gasoline. long lines. this one, in long island, new york. efforts to resupply the region are now taking top priority. >> in new jersey, a brand-new opening in the barrier island on which sits the devastated community of seaside heights, testimony to the storm's power. >> and a woman surveying what is left of her new jersey home. the wreckage there, like a bomb went off. amid all the devastation, there are incremental steps towards normalcy being made. limited amtrak service resumes today along the heavily-traveled northeast corridor. >> crews here in manhattan are working to make good on a promise to restore power, all power, by tomorrow. on top of that, three navy ships, loaded with supplies, arrived here in new york later today. all of this adds up, of course, to a difficult situation. as abc's tahman bradley now shows us. >> reporter: sandy may be gone. but frustration in parts of new
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york is growing. >> we're going to die. we're going to freeze. we have 90-year-old people. >> reporter: in this manhattan neighborhood, recovery continues at a slow pace. residents feel like they've been forgotten. >> there's a sense where it's like, they have no value. they see that other areas are being taken care of. and they totally overlooked us. >> reporter: hundreds showed up for food from local churches and aid organizations. >> all of the food, had to throw out of the refrigerator. so, this is very needed right now. >> reporter: it was another night of darkness and cold for hard-hit staten island. thousands without power. many homeless. among them, mike abruzzo and his family. >> my youngest daughter yesterday said, daddy, i want to go home. it will be a while, honey. she don't understand. she's 6. >> reporter: transportation is still a nightmare. desperate drivers waited in lines miles deep to get gas. and people waited in lines for
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blocks to get the bus. >> where are the buses? >> reporter: driving wasn't much better. checkpoints were set up to force people to carpool. in new jersey, door-to-door rescues by emergency crews and the national guard continue, while natural gas fires burn in mantoloking, where homes were destroyed. new york city will try to return to normal will weekend. the mayor says the city's marathon will go on. but some say it should not because it will strain already limited resources. tahman bradley, abc news. tahman just mentioned staten island, where there's been the saddest outcome to a long search. the bodies of two, young brothers have now been found. they were located yesterday during the search of a marshy area. they were 2 and 4 years old. they were swept away in sandy's floodwaters, as their mother tried to get them to safety. they are among new york's at least 38 dead from the storm. sandy has killed more than 90 people in 10 states. one of the nation's most iconic landmarks is now closed because of the storm.
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the statue of liberty is off-limits because the island on which it stands was damaged by rising floodwaters. lady liberty herself appears unharmed. the statue reopened just last weekend after getting a $30 million upgrade. and that dangling crane, which has become an ominous part of the skyline, could soon be lowered to the ground. work is expected to start as early as today to turn the entire crane around and then use another crane to bring it down. the 150-foot boom flipped over during monday's storm. forcing street closures, have created just a traffic nightmare. well, during any crisis like sandy, we come across amazing stories of citizens helping each other, with little regard for their own well-being. it's part of the way that regions and communities begin to heal. diane sawyer went along with some of new york's most unheralded heroes.
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>> reporter: they are out in the dark. the national guard. city meals on wheels. >> thank you for coming to the door. >> reporter: carrying heavy loads up stair after stair in high-rises. >> it's really dark. >> reporter: people like nurse rosita ortiz, one of the thousands of people who work with visiting nurse service of new york, checking on patients who have little food, little water, no power. can i carry that pack for you? >> no. i got it. >> reporter: what kind of medicine for her? >> she's short of insulin. >> reporter: 17 stories later, we knock on the door. carmen wester, and her daughter, home bound. her daughter on a walker. we want to know how you're doing. >> i am doing fine. >> reporter: really? >> i was scared to death. >> reporter: they tell us, this is their only water. that's all the water you have left? >> it's almost gone. >> reporter: they've also run
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out of batteries. they used candles last night. >> last night, it was dark. it was dark. and i was going like this, touching the walls to get to the bathroom. i was this close. i couldn't find the bathroom. >> reporter: rosita checks carmen's blood pressure, takes her temperature, makes sure she's all right. and carmen shows me the carmen she used to be. >> i was 26 years old. >> reporter: as we head back downstairs, an endless stream of need. a 70-year-old woman trying to carry up jugs of heavy water. oh, this is heavy. let me. a 53-year-old woman who has to read lips, who tells me she has breathing problems, her chest hurts. would you come down and go to see a doctor? >> yeah. >> reporter: okay. come with us. we take her to the emergency room. take care of you. >> thank you. and as millions continue to suffer through the impact of sandy, another unwelcomed forecast is looming. i hate to say this. truly, i do. you don't want to hear this.
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but a new storm could be on the way. >> that's right. accuweather meteorologist jim dickey tells us exactly what's on the horizon, now, for the northeast. >> good morning, rob and sunny. well, many spots across the northeast and new england still without power after sandy here. unfortunately, we are keeping it chilly. sandy's now a big area of low pressure spinning over canada. much weakened. but it continues to drag in the chilly air north and west as we move forward. progressively colder each night here. be sure you bundle up out there. it sets the stage for a potential storm, a nor'easter. not what we saw with sandy. but next week, tuesday to wednesday timeframe, be watching the system closely for potential impact. rob and sunny, back to you. >> that news just makes me want to hide under the desk. the storm is prompting, of course, an enormous relief effort. and we here at abc and our parent company are encouraging everyone to pitch in. >> disney/abc television has designated this coming monday as a day of giving. many of our shows will show you how you, too, can help.
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the announcement follows disney's $2 million donation for relief and rebuilding efforts. >> good to see our parent company get involved. that's good. like that. all right. when we come back this morning, four more days until we find out if president obama gets four more years. and then, a warning in the wake of hurricane sandy. be on the lookout for scam artists. and joe biden stops by "the late show." and this time, the laughs are from him, not on him.
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well, that is the closing bell last night, at the new york stock exchange.
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abc's sam champion, there in his orange coat. hard to miss sam in that picture. surrounded by other new york weather experts. a nod, of course, to their tireless and critical work throughout this week. the dow was up 136 points. economic reports don't get any bigger than the one due out later this morning. the government releases the october employment numbers just four days before the election. a crucial report on wall street and the campaign trail. experts say, look for 125,000 new jobs last month, showing modest growth, with the unemployment rate steady at 7.8%. well, there could be some manmade misery adding to the toll of hurricane sandy. scammers, out to take advantage of folks after the storm. officials are now warning people to watch out for phony charities, fraudulent home repair deals and sellers looking to unload flood-damaged cars. a national hotline for reporting disaster fraud was set up seven years ago, after hurricane
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katrina. and cell service is getting better for people in the hurricane zone. almost 20% of cell sites in the region are still knocked out. but that's down from 25% a few days ago. and apple's next small thing arrives today. the ipad mini hits stores, minus the worldwide frenzy of some other recent apple rollouts. these customers in tokyo were among the first to get their hands on the tablet this morning. apple is expected to sell more than 1 million this weekend. >> good times at apple. counting that money. when we come back this morning, the last stand. the presidential candidates swing into the final four days of campaigning. and new charges stemming from the jerry sandusky case. the accusations, a powerful penn state figure covered up the crimes. ♪
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victim of hurricane sandy, the historic cliff walk in newport, rhode island. a famous walkway near the town's gilded age mansion, torn apart. the city opens to have it rebuilt by springtime. now, for a look at morning road conditions. wet at times in the northeast. snowshowers make for a slick commute in the dakotas and parts of the northern rockies. rain soaks roads in the pacific northwest. drivers can expect morning fog along the southern california coast. >> aside from the sandy-related airport delays in the new york area, it should be smooth sailing for the rest of the country. well, even though we work with moving pictures, some of sandy's most powerful images are in photographs. the long lines at gas stations like this one in new jersey. efforts now being made to move gas supplies from tanks and pipelines to where it is needed most. >> bracing for another nasty commute. there were epic traffic jams across the region yesterday, as
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workers tried to get to their jobs in manhattan by car, as mass transit remains limited. >> and the all-too familiar scene, bringing water-damaged items to the curb. that is happening across the fire-devastated community of rockaway, in queens, new york. and sandy could also end up having a major impact on election day. in new jersey, military trucks are being brought in to replace polling places that have been destroyed. voters will cast paper ballots at those sites. and the candidates are preparing for the final stretch in this long campaign. karen travers is joining us with more on that. good morning, karen. >> reporter: good morning, rob. good morning, sunny. the travel schedule says it all. president obama is trying to shore up his midwestern firewall, wisconsin, ohio and iowa. while mitt romney is very focused on florida and virginia, two states he must win to win the presidency. that brief pause for superstorm sandy seems like a distant memory. on the campaign trail, the
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attacks were back. >> the fair bet is on citizens. but what's casting my bet is on you. >> reporter: president obama is delivering his closing arguments. >> i know what change looks like because i fought for it. you have, too. and after all we've been through together, we sure as heck can't give up now. >> we're going to win on november 6th. i'll tell you that. >> reporter: he countered the president's closing argument. >> i believe that america finally needs real change as promised. we're going to give it to the american people. >> reporter: the latest abc news/"washington post" poll still shows a tight race. but three new polls in key battleground states has president obama on top. it's now all hands on deck. vice president biden stumped in iowa. >> the american people are asking themselves the question in these final days, who can they trust? >> reporter: bill clinton is working just as hard as the candidates. >> barack obama should be the next president. >> reporter: and in ohio, ann romney got emotional as she asked for votes. >> we have come to know this
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country on such an extraordinary level. and i can't even tell you how much i love it. >> reporter: yesterday, new york city mayor michael bloomberg endorsed president obama. the independent mayor has been critical of both the president and mitt romney. but he said sandy changed his thinking and that president obama will take action on climate change. rob and sunny, back to you. >> karen, thanks a lot. tuesday night, let abc be your place for live up-to-the-minute results with george stephanopoulos and diane sawyer. the former president of penn state has been charged with a cover-up in the jerry sandusky scandal. graham spanier is accused of perjury, obstruction and child endangerment. his lawyers say the facts don't support the charges. and says the governor is behind what they call a politically-motivated frame-up. and here's a wild scene across the state of montana
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as police chase a wanted man from virginia. the suspect started throwing pipe bombs out his window. some of the bombs went off. but no one was hurt. the chase went on for 40 miles before officers disabled the suspect's car. now, he faces charges in both montana and virginia. and in hawaii, an incredible record-setting feat. a washington state high school teacher became the first man to make it from the mainland to hawaii by rowing and kiting, which is a form of sailing. rory wilson took 43 days to complete the trek from san diego in his modified kayak. congratulations. better shape than i am. >> same here. get ready to fall back. it is that time of year again when the days become all too short. >> daylight savings time ends saturday night. so, don't forget to turn your clocks back one hour. >> you fall forward.
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we lose an hour. >> no, back. >> forward. back? >> back. >> we'll talk on the commercial and get back to you. >> brace yourselves for an extra hour of dark. >> we fall back. yeah. i got it in my mind. yes. fall back. don't blame me if you're late for work on monday. up next, "the pulse," and an adorable baby boom. what is black and white. and joking joe biden. the vice president gets am laughs with a pre-election top-ten list.
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million prize. but she didn't know she had the winning ticket. and time to claim the huge prize was running out. >> lottery officials released the surveillance video from the store where she bought the ticket. her daughter saw it. and, it turned out, the lucky lady's ticket had been in her car all along. and she came forward just in time. >> lucky and rich. nice combo. and look at this video making the rounds. a harmless halloween prank down in texas. freaks that little girl out. stops her right in her tracks. apparently, this guy's been doing it for about ten years. the parents of the neighborhood know what's going to happen. the kids don't. so, he gets a nice group of victims every year. nice check down in amarillo. >> it's halloween. >> yes. someone will pay for her therapy soon. it's been a while since we had a cute animal story on "the pulse." let's rectify that. shall we?
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>> what's cuter than a bunch of panda babies taking a snooze. there's something of a panda baby boom going on in china. the world's largest giant panda reserve showing the newborns this week. seven born between july and september. they're all sleeping together and snuggling. >> oh, how nice. >> cute. and finally, vice president biden yukking it up for some late-night laughs. the man called joe, by some, appeared on david letterman's show last night, reading the famous top-ten list. >> the subject, the top ten reasons to vote early. >> if you vote early, you don't have to pay taxes. i'm sorry. i'm being told that's not accurate. >> that's not accurate. number two. >> early voters will receive a $5 million donation from donald trump. >> wow. and the number one good thing about voting early, ladies and gentlemen. >> honestly, don't you want this election over with already? >> yes, we do.
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next, police turn to the public to catch a suspect. do you know this man? chp rolls into action in oakland. meteorologist mike nicco has your weekend forecast.djiç >> tracking fog then near record high temperatures in the seven-day forecast. breezy and chilly, with some scattered showers. and finally from us this morning, it was a big night for blake shelton at the country music awards. >> "the voice" star took home three trophies, including a surprise win for the evening's top award. with more, here's abc's george pennacchio.
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>> reporter: blake shelton won the country music association's ultimate prize, entertainer of the year. >> i'm a country guy. and i do country music. and i want to be -- i want to make nashville proud. and i want to push the boundaries as much as i can. >> reporter: he also won male vocalist honors and shared the song of the year award with the female vocalist of the year, his wife, miranda lambert. >> it's always been my goal as a songwriter to win the song writer of the year for cma. and we just did it. me and my husband. >> reporter: little big town had a big night, winning vocal group of the year and single of the year for "pontoon." backstage, they were thrilled. >> we feel so grateful. it's been an incredible journey. >> look at these. >> two tonight. >> wow. >> they're making noise. >> reporter: eric church took the album of the year prize
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for "chief." >> there were many nights when i was plugging in that amp, i was starving to death. playing ten shows in a row. and i was watching everybody go around. and i wasn't sure it could happen. >> reporter: it's fit to be thompson square right now. vocal duo of the year. >> it's been a culmination of years of hard work, almost quitting and picking ourselves back up. and dreaming. and here we are. >> reporter: hunter hayes took the new artist of the year prize. >> this says, welcome to the club. now, i just got to prove myself worthy of staying in the club. you know what i mean? >> reporter: the country music awards are over now. but many of the country stars will be heading west soon to los angeles, for another awards show. the american music awards on november 18th. in nashville, george pennacchio, for abc news. >> all right. that's what's making news in america this morning. >> stay with us for "good morning america." have a great friday. >> clocks back.


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